Art In Embassies Collections

Celebrating 250 Years of American Democracy
As the U.S. approaches the 250th anniversary of its founding, the Office of Art in Embassies is working with cultural institutions, artists, families, and galleries to curate art collections that will be available for exhibition in U.S. Embassies and Ambassadors’ Residences under long-term loan agreements.  These long term loaned collections used for cultural diplomacy represents a unique and intriguing facet of cultural diplomacy.

The Department of State recognize the potential of art as a universal language that transcends borders. By utilizing these long term loan collections, these artworks can communicate subtle narratives that resonate with diverse audiences, fostering cross-cultural dialogue and mutual appreciation.  Furthermore, these long term loan collections can play a role in challenging stereotypes and fostering empathy. By incorporating elements that challenge preconceived notions or showcase the common humanity shared across cultures, these collections will contribute to breaking down barriers and promoting a more interconnected global society.

Creative Growth Collection

The Creative Growth Collection is comprised of 89 artworks created by artists from the Creative Growth Art Center, all of whom have developmental disabilities. The selected works span various mediums, including watercolor, ink, textiles, clay, mixed media, pastels, acrylics, linocuts, and digital prints.

A recent donation to the “250 for 250” by Kristin Cronic, Morning Colors, 2023

250 for 250
As the United States approaches the celebration of America’s 250th Anniversary, the Office of Art in Embassies will expand its repository of works for display at U.S. Embassies by 250 new artworks. Called “250 for 250” artists and collectors across America are donating pieces for use in American embassies and residences. On the heels of AIE's 60th Anniversary Democracy Collection initiative, 250 for 250 artworks, combined with collections of long term blanket loans from America’s leading cultural institutions, will support U.S. diplomats globally to celebrate 250 years of American democracy.